Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on October 28, 1970 · Page 34
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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Wednesday, October 28, 1970 llth-Hour Blasts The Fair Campaign Practices Commit tee has again performed a significant public service, this time by focusing attention on the dirty business of making fresh charges against a candidate too late for him to answer them effectively before election day. This nasty practice has often been indulged in in past campaigns. The Committee wants a five- days-before-election moratorium on new attacks this year. More specifically, this bipartisan group is asking the press and broadcast media to agree not to carry new political attacks in advertisements fewer than five days before voters go to the polls. Further, says the Committee, "if a new issue is raised in a political advertisement or commercial on the deadline day, the accused candidate should be given the opportunity to purchase equal space or time for an answer, on the same day if possible." The motivation for this request is irreproachable. Troublesome questions of free speech arise, however. Placing upon newspapers and broadcasting stations the burden of deciding whether the material in a political attack is or is not "a new issue" presents difficulties. In view of this, we doubt that the Fair Campaign Practices Committee plan is feasible. At the same time, we strongly endorse its intent — that of assuring that candidates will not be confronted with llth-hour charges to which they cannot make effective response. Such charges not only are unfair to the candidate in question, but also are contrary to the best interests of the electorate. We therefore believe that all candidates should voluntarily agree — and say so publicly — that they will not indulge in this questionable practice. Car Glut Grows Twenty years ago the United States, in automotive terms, was the wonder of the world. There was one motor vehicle — a car, or bus, or truck — to every three Americans. No other large country approached this ratio. Today, despite a global proliferation of motor vehicles, the United States is still the automotive wonder of the world. Our population now stands at some 204 million or better, as compared with 151 million in 1950. But for all this increase in population the motor vehicle ratio is higher: there is now a car, truck or bus - to every two Americans. The trend has shown no signs of decline. Secretary of Transportation John A. Volpe said of the matter not long ago: "Every time the Census Bureau's clock ticks off a net gain of one in the population of the United States, there are two motor vehicles added to the nation's roads." In short, the automotive population is growing twice as fast as our human population. One need not be keen as Einstein to perceive that this suggests future traffic problems much greater than those of today. If urban traffic congestion is common in a country of 200-odd million people and 100-odd million motor vehicles, what's going to happen after a decade or so of a vehicular population explosion? • One pleasant thought intrudes: "What's going' to happen" need not happen. We can avoid an intolerable glut of automotive traffic some years hence by planning and implementing coordinated transportation systems that will get masses of people to where they want to go — swiftly and comfortably. That is the way to lick the potential chaos threatened by that car-truck-bus population boom. Red Infiltration The administration has put on a brave and untroubled front with regard to the Central Intelligence Agency report that some 30,000 Communist agents have infiltrated the South Vietnamese government. The gist of the official reaction to disclosures about this unreleased report is that other evidence- received at the White House shows it to be "overly pessimistic." Even if that is the case, the CIA report must be regarded as most disquieting. The conclusions drawn by the agency from its findings may be needlessly glum, but it would be folly to discount them. Dispatches from correspondents in Vietnam tend to support the CIA report's implication that because of Communist infiltration the long-run survival of the Saigon regime is unlikely. The report provides a frightening view of the extent to which Communist subversives have penetrated. One agent, it is noted as a sensational example, was a special assistant to President Thieu who was sent on a delicate political mission to the United States and even took part in the Paris peace talks. All in all, the CIA finds, the Communists have more than 30,000 agents working inside the South Vietnamese government in one way or another. All this lends an even graver aspect to the already serious question whether South Vietnam's capacity to defend and govern itself will expand to fill the power vacuum left by the withdrawing U.S. military presence. Though the White House has played down the significance of the CIA report, it is a safe bet that this question is being discussed with renewed intensity. It's an Insurmountabe Mountain!" Dear Abby Washington Notebook — •— That Stevenson Name By Bruce Biossat CHICAGO (NEA) — Republican Sen. Ralph Tyler Smith's effective "law and order" campaign against potent challenger Adlai Stevenson II topped out too soon, and GOP strategists in urgent war councils are seeking hastily for new ways to cut Adlai's evident continuing lead. Republican leaders were disconcerted when the Chicago Sun- Times poll, a straw sampling with a considerable reputation for accuracy, placed Stevenson ahead by margins ranging around 56 to 43 per cent — with Smith looking weaker downstate than !he dare be to have real hope of overcoming a sure Democratic advantage in Mayor Daley's Chicago stronghold. Smith must also do well in ethnic suburbs near Chicago. At the poll applies to downstate (40 such counties are being tested), some GOP men privately grumble thatt the poll is not only inaccurate but 'that pollsters have chosen places unrepresentative of Smith's true strength. Leaders say he needs a downstate margin of at least 150,000 to be in the ball game. The Smith forces will be counting heavily on President Nixon's scheduled Oct. 29 visit to Illinois, and perhaps a few surprises. It is clear to them that the earlier game plan, letting "law and order" blasts sink home while issuing statesmanlike position papers in the final days, will molt do. The odd thing about this race is that Stevenson, presently Illinois' state treasurer, was slammed in the teeth so hard by Smith's assaults upon him that he is still reacting vigorously to the charges of softness on violence, unrest, crime, etc., even though their effect has plainly weakened. Stevenson brings up the subject wherever he goes, often before he is asked about it. The words that have haunted him were his reference to Chicago po- Polly's Pointers lice as "storm troopers in blue" after the riot chaos surrounding the 1968 Democratic convention in this city. How he tries to escape the Smith television reminders on this count was uniquely revealed when I heard him asked, in a press conference, what his reaction was to an Ohio grand jury's indictment of 25 students and others for various disruptive activities in the days preceding the National Guard killing of four Kent State students May 4. He said first that any persons guilty of illegal acts should be punished. With a bow to his liberal constituency, he condemned the National Guard shootings. Then he added this beautiful turn: "I can't believe our Chicago police would have reacted as did the National Guard in Ohio." In his steady oounterpunching on law and order, the 40^year-old Stevenson hits Smith's antigun control position (offered in the name of suffering sportsmen), saying, "You don't shiodt ducks with .38 caliber snub-nosed revolvers." When he isn't responding to Smith's admittedly rough charges in this field, Stevenson tries to tie his adversary into Nixon economic policies he portrays as potentially disastrous — though unemployment in Illinois runs & couple of points below the U.S. average. Smith, at 54 a veteran legislator with obvious solid abilities, might win handily in other circumstances. His problem is Stevenson's 98 per cent name recognition (rooted in his late father's fame). A high-level conference early chose law and order — because of its value to N\x- on in 1968 — as a means of pulling Ad«ii off the pedestal. ^ The device closed the gap amazingly — and then tapered off — Smith reading 14-page treatises on Nixon economics is hardly the stuff for a big final push. Those polls are shakers, calling for late-Jhour dramatics. Meanwhile, Stevenson, though still stung, goes to the wire with a new ease and charm and confidence. He can read polls, too. Keeps Cake From Sticking — By Polly Cramer DEAR POLLY — I am answering Great Grandma, who wants to know how to keep freshly baked cake from sticking to the wire cooling rack. I have baked for a cafeteria for many years and we always cover the racks with cloth, sprinkle lightly with sugar and turn the cake layers on this. Leave until cake cools. The layers never stick to the cloth and a Little tap on the pan when ready to use will bring the layer out without it sticking to the pan. —GRANDMA DEAR POLLY — To keep cake layers from sticking to the cooling rack, I cover each rack with a piece of waxed paper. I put a little flour on the paper and spread the flour with my finger so it makes a light Urn all over the waxed paper. This never fails for me and I hope it helps Great Grandma. —MRS. P. L. Polly Cramer DEAR POLLY - Great Grandma should put a paper towel between her freshly baked cake and the cooling rack and the cake will not stick to the paper towel. I discovered this trick while living in Germany, where I had no cooling racks and had to turn cakes out on a plate. Naturally, they stuck. I tried putting a paper towel on the plate first and it worked beautifully. When the cake is cool, lift it and Ithe towel can be removed easily. —CATHY DEAR POLLY - When only a small amount of melted butter is needed, put a lump on a soup ladle and hold it over Ithe burner on the stove. —MRS. G. D. POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — My rug ha* very light beige leaves on a darker beige background, with dull red and green specks scattered throughout. Could a solution of red or green be used to change the color or could something be sprayed on it? It does seem that it should be possible to use some preparation or tint for this purpose. I would like to have a reply, so I will know whether or not I can do anything along this line. -MISS S. JAYE You will receive a dollar if Polly uses your favorite homemaking idea, Polly's Problem or solution to a problem. Writ* Polly in cart of this newspaper. A Good Deed Goes Without Paying By Abigail Van Bur en Abby Van Buren DEAR ABBY: Something has been on my mind a whole week. Last Saturday, Karen, my 8-year-old daughter, and I were doing the weekly grocery shopping. I have a larve family and we are on a tight budget. While I was trying to figure out how I could work in a watermelon that wasn't on my budget, Karen left my side. Then I saw her helping an elderly lady who seemed to be having trouble standing up. I went to help Karen when I realized the old lady was crippled. She said she felt dizzy and weak, but she thought she could make it home — a block away. We put her in my car and I drove her to what appeared to be an old convalescent home. We helped her out of the car and rang the bell and someone came to let her in. Then the old lady opened up her purse and took out a dollar and handed it to Karen. Karen looked at me for a signal to refuse it or accept it. I thought about the watermelon and nodded "yes," take it. Now I am sorry. I should have nodded "no," and told Karen to never accept money for doing a good deed. Am I foolish to let this bother me? SORRY DEAR SORRY: No. It's still not too late to tell Karen that you now regret letting her accept the money. Be honest. Tell her you thought about the watermelon. Children respect honesty, but too few parents are big enough to admit to their children that they are less than perfect — and also make mistakes. You know where the lady lives. Perhaps Karen would like to return the dollar. DEAR ABBY: Thank you so much for a good laugh. I thought for sure my laughing days were over, for tomorrow morning I go into the hospital to have my left breast removed. I have cancer. What made me laugh? That letter from the cat lover who feared that if she did not outlive her precious cat, it would die of a broken heart, so she wanted to have the cat "gently put to sleep" and buried with her. You replied, "Let nature decide. The cat may miraculously survive the loss and have a ball." You are so right, Abby. Dear God, what I wouldn't give to have such an "earth-shaking" problem! Not only must I face this thing tomorrow, but I must face it alone. My husband died last year. Tell your readers, Abby, that they don't know when they are well off. Thank you. God love you. A READER DEAR READER: And God love you, too. Please let me hear from you when your ordeal is over. DEAR ABBY: So you think animals will live happy, healthy lives after their masters are gone, do you? Well, that shows you how much you know. Humans can look after themselves. Animals cannot! I've seen "animal lovers" profess love for their pets and then let them run all over the neighborhood until some speed demon kills them. I have 22 dogs and at my death every one of these beautiful animals will be put to sleep and buried in the pet cemetery. They have been protected all their lives and I don't intend to leave them to the mercy of anyone else after I'm gone. I only hope they go before me, but if they don't, I am taking no chances! ANIMAL LOVER, BALTIMORE DEAR ABBY: About cats: A cat is loyal to the person who feeds him. If a cat is mistreated, he will take off and look for a better home. Not true of dogs. Dogs will take all kinds of abuse and hang around forever. I once had a pet cat which I raised from a kitten. When I went into the Army I tearfully gave my cat to a friend to keep, and was told not to be surprised if she died of a broken heart in my absence. When I came back, that darned cat acted like she didn't even know me! Broken heart, indeed! A cat's best friend is himself. CAT FANCIER DEAR ABBY: I have a relative what lives in an old age home. I invited her to my home for luncheon, and knowing that she has five friends at the home, I told her to bring them along for lunch. She did. The following day I discovered that two sets of sterling silver salt and pepper shakers I had used on my table were missing. I had never seen any of these five ladies before and there were no other strangers around at the time. These little articles were a wedding gift of long ago and were precious ;to me. Would you advise me to mention this to my relative? ANXIOUS TO KNOW DEAR ANXIOUS. Yes. People Today Oats Have No Lead NEW YORK (NEA) - It began in jest, no doubt, but the suggestion that horses replace automobiles as the main mode of transportation in our big cities is being taken seriously here. Morning and evening, a dense, deadly fog hovers over Manhattan. New York is one of the dirtiest cities in the United States and exhaust spewing from its two million cars helps kill between 1,880 and 2,220 persons every year. For the men who gag and choke and sometimes die in 5 o'clock traffic, the horse seems the sane alternative. Commuter trains and subways would continue to operate, of course, but in the clear noonday sun the blare of festering taxicabs would be replaced by the. pleasant rhythm of clip-clopping horses. The points have been made and remade: -Edward R. Ellis, in "The Epic of New York City," quotes a 1907 traffic study which showed horse-drawn vehicles moved through city streets at an average speed of 11.5 miles an hour. By 1966, the auto had made such great strides in urban transportation that it was moving through midtown Manhattan at an average speed of 8.5 m.p.h. Last Your Health Heart Irregularities By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. Dear Doctor — I have been informed I have a left branch bundle block for which there is no cure or treatment, and depending upon when the condition developed would determine how much longer I had to go. LA WSJ t .my Dear Reader — You f\ u &LV K may have a long time to go. I knew one dentist who had this problem for over 24 years and was still in good Dr. L. E. Lamb health. I have also seen a number of apparently healthy men in the Air Force flying crews who had this problem. Many of them continued to lead active normal lives in the subsequent years. Left bundle branch block is an abnormal finding in the, electrical heart tracing (electrocardiogram or ECG). Normally, the right and left side of the heart's muscular pumping chambers are electrically stimulated at the same time. This is accomplished by special nervelike tissue which we call the right and left bundles. When the elctrical stimulation to the left side of the heart is delayed, it can cause "left bundle branch block." The left side of the heart still pumps as strongly as ever, although its pumping action is sometimes delayed about .04- second. The only importance of the finding is what caused it. Some people develop left bundle branch block because of a previous inflammation of the heart — such as that occurring when the heart is involved in rheumatic fever. One healthy young man I saw with this problem developed it from childhood diphtheria. Left bundle branch block may be caused by atherosclerosis or fatty deposits in the arteries of the heart or even a heart attack. Even after a heart attack, you may still lead an active life if you have a good recovery. Look at former President Johnson who had a heart attack in 1955, over 15 years ago. You can't judge how well a person is going to be from an electrocardiogram. You have to look at the whole patient. If left bundle branch block is part of an over-all picture of severe heart disease, then the outlook may not be so good. If it is found in a young, healthy, vigorous individual it may not mean much. If the cause of the condition is not known, a safe and wise approach would be to follow good living habits. If you smoke, stop. Limit your coffee to two cups a day or less. Adjust your diet along the lines recommended to prevent heart disease. Get rid of any excess fat. Start a proper exercise program — GRADUALLY — if you don't get enough activity. And that is good advice even if you don't have left bundle branch block. With a good program you might live to bury your doctor. Dear Doctor — If I have the male sterilization operation, can my wife still get pregnant? Dear Reader — Probably, but it is unlikely that you will be the father. By Lee Mueller week, it took a Lexington Avenue bus 35 minutes to travel 12 blocks. Go ahead. Ask me how I know. —Aesthetically, points out the New York Post, horses are "a hundred timea more attractive than any of the tail- finner, chrome-smeared monsters produced by Detroit. Their sounds at night . . . would add a pace to our lives that has been absent since O. Henry's day. A horse-drawn carriage is more elegant than a Yellow Cab. Boots, top hats, cloaks, night fog and clean air: What could be better?" ; —More people die in auto accidents in this country every year than have died in the six-year war in Vietnam. The only way a horse can kill you is to hit you with his foot. —It is considerably easier to look info the mouth of a used horse and judge its worth than it is to judge what's under the hood of a used car. Smaller cities, where traffic snarls and air pollution are not yet critical problems, may have difficulty accepting the horse. While Oklahoma City, for example, appreciates a horse as much as any place, it is too big (50 square miles) for suburbanites to consider riding an Appaloosa to work. But, for large, crowded cities like New York where automobiles take up more space than people, the horse seems incredibly practical and appealing. Millions of mothers would rest easier at night, knowing the family horse was incapable of running too fast and crashing into a tree with a favorite son. Millions of fathers would feel better about their daughters going out on first dates, knowing it to be quite impossible for kids to play kissy-face in the back seat of a horse. Z New. fresh model horses would evolve, naturally. Compact ponies would be in vogue for a year; then perhaps mules. There would have to be a few initial problems: a transitional period in whieh mechanics learn to become blacksmiths; conversion of parking garages and lots into stables and corrals, of gasoline stations into feed stations. ..; As for the horse, he would wear rubber shoes for city pavement and solve any fertilizer shortage that penthouse farmers might encounter. The poet Shelley was a man who liked to breathe. "Hell is a city much like London," he said, "a populous and smoky city." :. Shakespeare offered him a way out "Give the man another horse!" he said. BERRY'S WORLD "I don't know about you, Joe, but I don't think I con drink another football game today!" X a. •z. I * !

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